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NH: Fish and Game announces Conservation Officers of the year

CONCORD, N.H. — Two N.H. Fish and Game Department Conservation
Officers were recently honored as New Hampshire’s Conservation
Officers of the Year – Conservation Officer Bradley Morse of
Holderness, and Conservation Officer Todd Szewczyk of Hollis.

Fish and Game Conservation Officer BRADLEY MORSE of Holderness
was honored as New Hampshire’s Shikar-Safari Club International
Wildlife Officer of the Year for 2010. Morse patrols the towns of
Holderness, Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor and
Sandwich.

Morse was praised for his depth of skills and a personable,
outgoing approach that helps him promote positive public relations
as he enforces wildlife laws and protects natural resources,
setting a good example for younger officers.

“Morse is an incredibly motivated Conservation Officer,” said
Col. Martin Garabedian, Chief of Fish and Game Law Enforcement.
“His enthusiasm and constant drive for a teamwork approach to every
challenge is refreshing. Without question, Officer Morse cares
about both the people he works with and the people he serves.”

Morse is a licensed paramedic, training he received while
serving in the U.S. Army as a medic. “This training and experience
have proven to be valuable assets for Fish and Game and for the
citizens who have had the good fortune to have received medical
care from him during backcountry rescue missions,” said
Garabedian.

Morse is also a firearms instructor, a defensive tactics
instructor, a field training officer, and a member of the Advanced
Search and Rescue Team, the Fish and Game Dive Team and the
Department’s Honor Guard. On his own time, he volunteers for the
Holderness Fire Department and the Waterville Valley Ski
Patrol.

“Morse is an officer who exhibits good common sense, dedication
to duty and loyalty to a fault,” said Garabedian. “No matter how
difficult or challenging a mission assigned to him, he will take it
on and always exceed our expectations.”

The Shikar-Safari Club International is a worldwide organization
dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of
wildlife, with emphasis on endangered and threatened species and
promoting the enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.

Conservation Officer TODD SZEWCZYK of Hollis was honored as New
Hampshire’s 2010 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs
Association Conservation Officer of the Year. Szewczyk (pronounced
“shef-check”) is a 16-year veteran of the New Hampshire Fish and
Game Department. He previously worked as a Police Officer in
Milford, N.H. His Fish and Game patrol area includes the towns of
Hollis, Merrimack, Amherst, Brookline, Mason, Greenville, Milford,
Wilton Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough; this densely populated region
is one of the most active patrol areas in the state.

“Officer Szewczyk rose to meet the challenges of his demanding
patrol area while always maintaining a high level of
professionalism,” said Col. Martin Garabedian, chief of Fish and
Game Law Enforcement. “His creative investigative skills, effective
interview techniques and thorough evidence collection capabilities
have helped him produce some of the highest-quality investigations
within our state.”

Szewczyk pioneered cutting-edge techniques involving use of the
Internet to help solve wildlife crimes, helping him successfully
investigate and prosecute illegal deer cases that began in 2008.
The challenges these cases presented may have discouraged some
officers, but Szewczyk refused to give up. His determined detective
work paid off when confessions were given by those involved.

Szewczyk’s diverse skills include certification as a field
training officer, a background investigator, firearms instructor,
firearms armorer and a Personal Breathalyzer Test instructor. In
the past year, Szewczyk has taken on added responsibility as the
Assistant Chief Firearms Instructor for Fish and Game’s Law
Enforcement Division.

“Through his hard work and dedication, Officer Szewczyk has
earned the respect of his law enforcement peers and the general
public within his patrol area,” said Garabedian. “He is a truly
professional wildlife officer whose exemplary work is an asset to
our Department.”

The Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association
represents chiefs and command staff of 22 law enforcement
organizations throughout the northeastern U.S. and Canada. Its
purpose is to encourage enhanced law enforcement cooperation among
the member states and provinces, to study and exchange fish and
wildlife law enforcement techniques and perspectives, and to
promote cooperation and understanding among allied agencies in
wildlife conservation and management.

 

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